For various reasons, Saturday's cannon netting session was cancelled. The Group has been ringing Shelduck on Seaton Marsh since 2006. The Shelduck have been caught between November & March each year, and since 2010 each has been fitted with a yellow colour ring with black lettering on the left leg below the knee, in addition to the meal BTO ring. The post from the last cannon netting session can be read here. As the catch area had been baited with grain in preparation for the planned session, a couple of us made use of the gathering Shelduck to read colour rings.
More grain was put out just after 6am, and by 6.30am, we were in the hide with scope & camera at the ready. It was a slow start as the Shelduck seemed very wary, and only a few at a time made brief forays onto the grain before returning to the water. Two Canada Geese arrived and tucked in, which may have put off the Shelduck for a while. However, by about 7.30, larger numbers of Shelduck started feeding and soon every Shelduck in sight was busy on the grain. The maximum number of Shelduck we counted at any one time was 47, and we managed to read 43 colour rings.
|Ring-reading from the Seaton Marsh hide|
|Shelduck gathering at Seaton Marsh|
No. present by year ringed.
|Location of sightings of Shelduck FH|
|Locations of sightings for Black-tailed Godwit Red Orange Orange|
The third colour-ringed Black-tailed Godwit was Green White Green, which was ringed on 25/9/2018 and hadn't been seen again until it appeared at the Seaton Wetlands in February this year.